BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The U.S. Armed Forces will remain in the strategic Tabaqa area of northern Syria in the future, an official from the administration of Tabaqa told Kurdistan 24 on Tuesday.
Speaking to Kurdistan 24, Sheikh Hamad al-Faraj, co-chairman of Tabqa’s legislative council, told the news agency that the U.S. military “assured us that they would stay.”
“So that’s a good sign,” al-Faraj said. “After we eradicate ISIS, we need to worry about internal security, we need a lot of training and help.”
However, despite talks with the Syrian government, it appears the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will not be handing over the Tabaqa Dam or the city to Damascus.
Al-Faraj is the leader of the Al-Wilde tribe, which is the biggest tribe in western Al-Raqqa.
The Al-Wilde tribal leader told Kurdistan 24 that he opposes the return of the Syrian government to Tabaqa.
“The population has multiplied [in Tabqa]. We have to reassure displaced people who flee regime-held territories to our area, that the US is going to stay and will enforce stability,” he added.